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Writer Justin Aclin has looked forward to today, as his Dark Horse miniseries S.H.O.O.T First comes to a conclusion with the release of the fourth issue. Four happens to be the magic number on more than one level, as Aclin notes that the storyline has been in development for four and a half years.
However, the end of the miniseries doesn’t mark the end of Aclin and artist Nicolás Daniel Selma‘s adventures with the S.H.O.O.T. First team. In fact, Aclin provided ROBOT 6 with a peek at art from the upcoming arc Dark Horse Presents, which in March with Issue 24.
As Aclin described it, “This page is the first time we’re showing art from the upcoming Dark Horse Presents story. Part 1 takes place 10 years in the past, where an earlier version of the team confronts a giant snake Outside Actor in the Everglades. You can see a younger Lord Byron taking aim here.”
According to writer Justin Aclin, the comic will be available during his signing with artist Nicolas Daniel Selma, which begins at noon at the publisher’s booth (#1636).
The miniseries pits the gun-toting atheists of the Secular Humanist Occult Obliteration Taskforce against some of the very creatures they don’t believe in — like angels and demons.
“I’d say that with S.H.O.O.T. First, I really created the kind of comic that I wanted to read,” Aclin told Comic Book Resources last month. “I would like to think that applies to a lot of other people as well. It’s got insanely great artwork by Nicolás Daniel Selma and wonderful colors by Marlac who did an amazing job bringing this world to life. They get to go crazy on the bizarre creatures the team is fighting. In the first issue, they’re fighting ‘Bottle Jinn’ who are essentially genies who kidnap people and put them inside themselves. It’s very creepy. Then in the second issue, they’re fighting a giant monster that has a unique twist on an old idea. In the third issue, they fight a group of fairies, elves and dragons that call themselves the Folklorics. Then in the fourth issue, it’s a battle royale. In every single issue, you’ll see spectacular battles against really cool mythological creatures.”
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Lost Tuesday amid the flurry of news coming out the Image Comics Expo is the announcement of Dark Horse’s S.H.O.O.T. First, a supernatural-adventure miniseries by Justin Aclin (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Nicolas Daniel Selma (Tomb Raider: The Beginning).
Launching in October, the creator-owned project pits gun-toting atheists against some of the very creatures they don’t believe in — like angels and demons.
“It’s about a team called the Secular Humanist Occult Obliteration Taskforce, who use the power of their own disbelief (as filtered through sci-fi weaponry) to protect humanity from supernatural creatures that seek to do us harm,” Aclin tells the New York Post’s Parallel Worlds. “But for S.H.O.O.T., that means demons, angels and everything in between.”
S.H.O.O.T. First has actually been a round for a while, having debuted in 2010 as an eight-page story in the final issue of MySpace Dark Horse Presents. And longtime ROBOT 6 readers may recall that Aclin contributed the prose short story “S.H.O.O.T. First: The House That Ate Halloween” to our Halloween celebration that same year.